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The Business Class Archive

October 22, 2007
The Hanger-on

Even as the Wall Street mob calls for his head, Citigroup CEO Chuck Prince still has his job. How does he do it?

November 18, 2002
Private Defender

Marty Lipton, legendary M&A lawyer and inventor of the poison pill, is back wearing a different hat -- as a troubleshooter for embattled CEOs like Citigroup's Sandy Weill.

October 7, 2002
The Two J.P. Morgans

William Harrison spent $41 billion trying to graft a blue-chip investment bank atop Chase-Chemical’s unglamorous loan business. Now both halves of his financial Frankenstein are struggling.

September 8, 2002
The Return of Ron

With Ron Perelman, the archetypal corporate raider, now one of Citigroup's largest shareholders, the wolf is finally on the inside.

August 19, 2002
Board Stiffed

When the Whitney Museum's trustees convinced Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski to join their board, everyone thought they'd landed the richest prize in town. Careful what you wish for.

July 29, 2002
Shorting George

When the president talks, Wall Street listens -- and sells. Why? He and his people may have been CEOs, but the approach that works in the boardroom doesn't translate to the trading floor.

June 10, 2002
The CEO Secret Sharer

While other banking stars play to the crowd, Gene Tiger Sykes of Goldman Sachs wins the big deals by wooing a more select audience: CEOs like C. Michael Armstrong and Carly Fiorina.

May 13, 2002
Giuliani Time?

The former mayor's first consulting gig was a little backstage managing of the Merrill Lynch crisis. Could he get Eliot Spitzer to back off? Too bad Spitzer's studied Rudy's own playbook.

March 11, 2002
Teddy Bare

Buyout king Teddy Forstmann -- known for his stunning returns (and Liz Hurley on his arm) -- dropped $2 billion on bad tech plays. Did he take his eye off the ball -- or swing (too late) for the fences?

February 18, 2002
Cold Call

On Wall Street, Bob Rubin was brilliant at finessing risk. As Treasury secretary, his invisible hand saved the economy (not to speak of Clinton's presidency). So why'd he make that embarrassing Enron call?